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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Aug 15, 2009 6:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: rat dog

I think it is slang for Rat Terrier


Name: Named because of the way they went after rats and kept down their numbers in the White House

The Rat Terrier dog breed has been described as the opposite of the breed it closely resembles, the Jack Terrier breed. Rat Terriers are less agressive and are relatively calm, for a terrier breed. Normally they are cheerful dogs but there are cases where an occasional dog is sensitive to new environments, unexpected noises, people, or sudden activity.

Remember that breed only provides a general clue as to any individual dog's actual behavior. Make sure to get to know dogs well before bringing them into your home.
The Rat Terrier's Physical Characteristics

Here are some of the characteristics of the Rat Terrier breed as determined by the Rat Terrier Club of America's published breed standard.

* Size: small to medium terrier size
* Coat: short, dense, smooth, soft to medium hardness
* Color: hound colors, tri-colors, bi-colors, chocolate, red, orange, lemon, blue
* Eyes: set well apart, mid-size, slightly prominent, rounded to slightly almond shape, dark brown to light hazel
* Ears: V-shaped, slightly set off skull
* Muzzle: medium length, straight, tapered
* Nose: black
* Tail: tapering, set to follow line of croup

The Rat Terrier's Origins and History

Source: Wikipedia, Rat Terrier Club of America

Country/Region of Origin: United States

Original purpose: hunting

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Poster: skies Date: Aug 15, 2009 11:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: rat dog

To be perfectly clear : first thing that caught my eye is explanation ratdogs handy to cleanup fat rats ,the sort of rats in Europe are as bad news as those in US of A. As for real rats in animal version,you'd flip to see huo huge they are in Paris . Never go in campgrounds or you can see them as big as dogs ,by hundreds ,heading for garbage cans . You can also see the beasts crossing rails in the subway stations .Beurk, I don't like those rats in Paris !

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Poster: skies Date: Aug 15, 2009 8:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: rat dog

Do you have any ratdog to spare who could come overseas for cleanups any where (have your pick!) between Paris, London , Amsterdam ? you could even start a new breed in Europe with more biting skills ?